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Dayton, OH
December 30, 2019

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FRANK W. ABERNATHY **** Midvale Street

Kettering, Ohio 45420




Ph.D. in Zoology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Master of Arts in Bacteriology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Master of Science in Zoology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Minor in Chemistry, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas


Five years of experience as a research scientist at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Developed working biological models for studying ascaris infections in pigs and oxidative stress models for determining the effects of hypochlorous acid and hydrogen peroxide on adenosine and phosphorylated adenosine levels in type II pneumocytes isolated from Spraque-Dawley rats.

Two years of experience as a research scientist at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for ManTech Environmental Technology, Inc. A comparative study between tailcuff sphygmomanometry and radiotelemetric implants was utilized to access blood pressure and heart rate as physiological models in Sprague-Dawley rats. The implants were later used to model the effects of the propellant ammonium dinitramide on blood pressure and heart rate in rats.

Almost 13 years of experience at Dayton Childrens Hospital managing the Gastroenterology Research Laboratory. Most studies centered on examining the effects of E. coli infections using human carcinoma cell monolayers as models for human gastrointestinal tissues. The ability of probiotic agents to ameliorate these infections was the primary focus of these studies. Also collaborated with the EPA on developing a model for studying the effects of nigerlysin from mold on eosinophilia levels in humans.

Set up and managed a food and water testing microbiological laboratory for Microbac Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio as well as for the Gastroenterology laboratory at Childrens Dayton Hospital. Hired and managed personnel. Developed many new technologies and protocols throughout his tenure as a research scientist. Has five patents and numerous other kinds of inventions and processes. Invents “on the fly” and excels at trouble shooting processes and products. Assisted in grant funding at Childrens Dayton Hospital.

Contributed to 14 publications, presented an abstract at a toxicology conference, developed SOP’s for ManTech Environmental Technologies, Inc., and presented his Ph.D. research to a variety of academic venues.

Collaborated with a variety of technical staff including vendors of pertinent technology, statisticians, and associates both in-house and from other agencies. Served as both an in-house and external consultant (EPA).


Paliy O, Kenche H, Abernathy F, Michail S. 2009. High-throughput quantitative analysis of the human intestinal microbiota with a phylogenetic microarray. Appl Environ Microbiol. 75:3572-9.

Michail, S., Mezoff, E., and F. Abernathy 2005. Roles of selections in the intestinal epithelial migration of eosinophils. Pediatric Research 58:644-647.

Michail, S. and F. Abernathy 2004. A new model for studying eosinophil migration across cultured intestinal epithelial monolayers. J. Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 39:56-63.

Michail, S., Halm, D., Abernathy, F. 2003. Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli stimulate neutrophil migration across a cultured intestinal epithelium without altering transepithelial conductance. J Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 36(2).

Michail, S. and F. Abernathy 2003. Lactobacillus plantarum inhibits the intestinal transepithelial migration of neutrophils induced by enteropathogenic Escherichia coli. J Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 36 (3).

Michail, S. and F. Abernathy 2002. Lactobacillus plantarum reduces the in vitro secretory response of intestinal epithelial cells to enteropathogenic Escherichia coli infection. J. Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 35:350-355.

Michail, S. and F. Abernathy 2002. Transepithelial migration of HL-60 differentiated eosinophils is induced by enteropathogenic Escherichia coli infection. JPGN 35(3):423.

Michail, S., D. Halm, D., Abernathy, F. 2002. Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli stimulate neutrophil migration across a cultured intestinal epithelium without altering transepithelial conductance. JPGN 35(3):458.

Michail, S. and F. Abernathy 2002. A novel model for studying transepithelial migration of eosinophils across a cultured intestinal epithelium. Gastroenterology 122(4) A151.

Abernathy, F. W. and C. D. Flemming 1996. Measurement of cardiovascular response of male sprague dawley rats to modular artillery charge system using radiotelemetric implants. The Toxicologist 30:337.

Abernathy, F., Flemming, C. and Sonntag, W. 1995. Measurement of Cardiovascular Response in Male-Sprague-Dawley Rats Using Radiotelemetric Implants and Tailcuff Sphygmomanometry: A Comparative Study. Toxicol. Meth., 5: 89-98.

Pacht, E., Abernathy, F. 1995. Prevention of intracellular adenosine triphosphate depletion after sublethal oxidant injury to rat type II alveolar epithelial cells with exogenous glutathione and n-acetylcysteine. Am. J. Med. Sci. 310:133-137.

Abernathy, F., Pacht, E. 1995. Alteration of ATP and other cellular nucleotides following sublethal oxidant injury to the rat type II alveolar epithelial cells. Am. J. Med. Sci. 309:140-145.

Abernathy, F. W. 1988. Studies in Eukaryotic DNA Superstructure, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.


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Cryptic Chromosome Structure:

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Abernathy, F. W. 1996. Method and an Apparatus for the Removal of Fibrous Material From a Rotating Shaft, patent # 5,482,562.

Abernathy, F. W. 1995. Fat Removal from Cooked Ground Meat Patties, patent # 5,397,585.

Abernathy, F. W. 1990. Dispensing Method for a Variable Volume Disposable Carbonated Beverage Container, patent # 4,953,750.

Abernathy, F. W. 1982. Solar Energy Conversion Plant, patent # 4,354,117.

Abernathy, F. W. 1977. Garbage Recycling Apparatus, patent # 4,030,670.

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